Ola Kowalewski

Faculty Fellow

Entrepreneurship, Future of Humans

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Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking  •  Exponentials  •  Entrepreneurship

About Ola

Ola is an entrepreneur and researcher working at the intersection of data, AI, and innovation. As Singularity University Faculty, her work centers around examining the impacts of an increasingly datafied world, the role of AI in shifting power, and exploring innovation through a critical lens to help steer it towards a just future.

She is currently co-founder at Outline, a knowledge management platform augmenting high stakes decision making through team collaboration and machine learning. Previously, Ola ran an infection control medtech startup, a product design studio, and was Entrepreneur-In-Residence at SU Ventures, where she helped impact oriented startups solve global grand challenges.

Outside of work and research, Ola is a music aficionado collaborating with the SETI Institute on an art project crowdsourcing and archiving music for launch into space. Away from the computer, she can be found splitboarding, surfing, sailing, or playing blues on the vibraphone

Speaking Topics

  • 10X or Bye - How to Launch a Product that Matters and Sells

    9 in 10 new startups fail, while 42% die because there is no market need. As exponential trends make markets more dynamic than ever, how can we minimize our risks and become futuremakers? In this talk we unpack what it means to create a moonshot, why a mission statement really does matter, and explore alternative business models and strategies. Whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or inventor, you will leave with a new set of tools on how to shape the future you want to live in.

  • Tell Me What To Do? - The Disruption of Human Decision Making

    Do you think you’re in control of your life? Technology is very persuasive in telling us what to do – often without us even realizing it. As we augment ourselves with data-rich technologies that use smart algorithms and AI, how much of our decision making is outsourced and how much should be? In this talk, we explore the concentration of power in major tech companies, persuasive design techniques, the data & attention economies, and the impacts digital-touchpoints have on who you are. You will leave empowered to take control of your choices in a world where exponential technology continually improves its ability to know what makes you tick.

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